So a sailboat that motors at 5-6 knots will need to run with the current, adding this extra speed as opposed to running against the current. Considering two ocean inlets 70+ miles apart and figuring out the time and distances for exiting one inlet on the out flowing tide and making the next inlet on the inflowing tide can be a fun (and lengthy!) discussion.
|iPad and Navionics, we use this for tides, currents and backup nav|
With the anchor up at 4 pm, we were able to run the tide out to sea by sunset, then sail the 70 miles of sea overnight and make the next inlet at 8:30 am for the inflowing tide. We arrived Brunswick GA as scheduled and docked around 11 am. We were tired from only sleeping 2-4 hours while offshore, so we took a long afternoon nap. Offshore sailing takes days to get into a rhythm, and so with a short run of only one night, you never really get into a good sleep pattern. Imagine driving all night till 11 am the NEXT day, and then finding your way around a strange town and parking your car in an unfamiliar parking garage. This will give you a clue as to what we just accomplished!
Here are some photos of the area...
|Horse Drawn Carriage Rides at Beaufort, SC|
|Spanish Moss on the harbor trees|
|Cruising Island Packet Friends, |
Sam and Carolyn of IP-485 Malaka II
connected with us in Beaufort for breakfast and a long walk.
|Sunset as we exited Port Royal Sound for sea|
|One of the last sea buoys leaving Port Royal Sound near Hilton Head|
|Set course for Southwest down the Georgia Coast|
|Our NIGHT view with a moon - very bright! Notice the red instruments.|
|Daybreak, sunrise 8 miles off St. Simons Sound, GA|
|Commercial Shipping outbound as we enter the tight inlet motor sailing|
|Pelicans greeted us at Green #15....thank you|
|Sidney Lanier Bridge, 185 feet of clearance |
as we approach Brunswick, GA
Now, we are in Brunswick, GA which has been our destination since departing Rock Hall on Sept 27th. We will secure the boat here (during hurricane season!) and fly out of Atlanta to Phoenix AZ for a family wedding. We are very excited to visit our family.....can't wait....